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Tribes - 'Himalaya'
A mountain-moving cry from the heart
Johnny’s unashamedly full-on vocal recalls prime era Borrell, though the languid, fuck-it-she’s-gone-let’s-hit-the-offy verses are subtler than that, with the sort of slowly unfurling melodies and slinky basslines that made ‘Suck It And See’ so compulsive. The chorus, though, is just massive. Raw riffs that wouldn’t sit out of place on Radiohead’s ‘The Bends’ and chorused, magnetically singalong-able “woah oh oh” backing vocals scale the peaks of pain and passion, as Johnny howls “does it move you, the state I’m in?” from the roof of the world, ice-picking his cold jilter right in the soul. Y’know what? It does, and it’d be a hard heart that wouldn’t relent; making a mountain out a molehill never sounded so headily high.
Duncan Gillespie, writer
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